So, are you starting to think about some New Year’s resolutions for 2011? The start of the new year is always a perfect time to reflect upon your life results over the past year, then make firm resolutions to adjust/fix what needs attention. It is probably the one time every year that most people actually engage in some time of goal setting, and if it takes the calender year changing to force that action, then so be it.
I know lots of people that refuse to make resolutions each December. I’m not sure if it’s laziness or just a lack of self-belief, which is basically just another way of saying they are afraid that they won’t stick to their convictions and experience the pain of failure. So, they choose to not even participate.
Often times the key to acheiving the goals we set for ourselves in the coming year comes down to changing or adjusting our habits. If we can find a way to replace our negative habits with productive ones that move us toward our goals, then success in acheiving our desired outcome is almost certain.
But how do we do that? One of the resources I plan on utilizing to keep myself honest and on track in 2011 is a free online tool I came across called HabitForge. It is a slick little tool that allows you to set daily habits you would like to implement in your life, then sends you a reminder daily via email. HabitForge also has a built-in way to hold you accountable as well.
Another important factor in any type of goal setting is making your goals measurable. If we have concrete numbers in place with which to measure our progress by, we have a much better chance of using that information to help us stay on track. For instance, let me share with you what my goals are for this blog in 2011.
- Make at least one blog post per week (reviews, information, instruction, etc.)
- Increase unique visitors from 50 to 1000 per day (ok, bold … but I’m aiming high!)
- Stay on track with my mission statement (stated on the “About” page)
By stating my goals in terms of measurable numbers, I can now monitor my progress throughout the year and make changes if I find myself lagging behind. If I simply stated my goals in vague terms like “get more traffic”, I’d have no way of knowing if I was on track and making progress.
If you’d like, please comment below and put your New Year’s resolutions in print. It’s a great way to “put yourself out there” and hold yourself accountable!
More New Year’s resolutions 2011 chatter from around the web:
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Publish Date: 12/28/2010 14:00
New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.â€¨â€¨
Publish Date: 12/29/2010 8:43
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Publish Date: 12/27/2010 14:19